A while back, I did a review of Glambot, a site that gives you cash for your used makeup. Surprisingly, the post generated a lot of discussion and it was mostly negative. While my experience wasn’t so bad, the general consensus was that Glambot is a rip-off.
Being the makeup junkie I am, I decided to continue for hunt for a makeup marketplace/exchange. That’s how I stumbled upon MUABS.com or Makeup Addict Blog Sales. Think of it as a eBay for makeup. You can either shop the makeup listed by fellow users or set up your own shop. Pretty cool, right? If you want to hear about my experience with MUABS, read on:
To preface this review, I’ll say that I only sold makeup on MUABS.com. I didn’t try buying anything on their site. Also, I’m always a little hesitant to buy used makeup due to the obvious sanitary reasons. That’s a risk you’ll take when using sites like these.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s move on to my actual experience. First we’ll start with the pros of MUABS.
1. You set the price.
Pricing is all up to you. Again, the easiest way for me to describe this site is eBay but only for makeup. Of course, the basic principles of supply and demand apply here – if you want to sell something quickly, keep your prices low. If not, then do whatever.
2. Backed by Paypal
All transactions go through Paypal so both buyers and sellers need an account. No cash here. Orders must be paid immediately. Also, since you have to use Paypal, you’re backed by their terms and conditions. This mostly protects the buyer (you don’t get your item, you get your money back). It also keeps sellers accountable.
3. Easy to use website
MUABS is pretty easy to use. All you need to do it sign up for an account, add an item, and voila…you have a store!
4. Access to a large community
Maybe most importantly, you get access to a very large makeup loving community. Everyone on the site is looking to buy makeup. Chances are you can find a buyer for your items if your price is right.
Now let’s move on to the bad stuff.
1. They get 10%
The biggest downside to using MUABS is that they get a cut of your profits. You get 90% of a sale, they get 10%. This is pretty standard for marketplaces like these. But you could also find buyers through blogs, forums, and social media communities and not have to pay anyone a fee.
2. You do everything yourself
Even though the site is pretty easy to use, it can take a lot of work. You have to take pictures of all your items, write out descriptions and ship out your items. A site like Glambot is much easier because you just send them your items all in one box and they buy it from you in bulk.
3. Backed by Paypal…only
As we talked about before, MUABS is backed by Paypal…only. As a seller, that doesn’t really matter because buyers have to pay immediately. However, as a buyer, you never know what you’ll get. Is the item description and picture accurate? Is the item authentic? It’s just a risk you have to take.
All in all, using MUABS is pretty time consuming. If you have the time, you can definitely make some money. But if you don’t, you’re better off going with another site like Glambot, even though you’ll receive less in the end.
Have you used either MUABS or Glambot? Share your thoughts below!
*this post is not sponsored.